Turtle embryos can partly determine own sex

World / Science & Health Aug 2, 2019

Turtle embryos can partly determine own sex

For some turtle species, the temperature of eggs determines whether the offspring are male or female — a trait that scientists feared could leave the reptiles vulnerable to extinction from climate change. But a team of researchers in China and Australia have found the embryos ...

Tottori museum's rescued green turtle draws fans

National Dec 14, 2016

Tottori museum's rescued green turtle draws fans

A green turtle that was saved after being trapped in a fishing net earlier this month has been a popular draw at a museum in Tottori Prefecture. The female turtle, 60 cm in length and believed to be 10 years old or younger, will be ...

JR West, aquarium solve turtle-linked rail disruptions

National Nov 30, 2015

JR West, aquarium solve turtle-linked rail disruptions

West Japan Railway Co. and Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe have jointly developed a system to prevent turtles from getting caught between railway switches. They found out from experiments that when turtles trying to cross the tracks fall into the space between them, they have ...

Sea turtles returning to Ogasawaras

National Jan 9, 2014

Sea turtles returning to Ogasawaras

One of the Ogasawara Islands is seeing a spawning migration peak for green sea turtles born after World War II. According to findings released Thursday by the Ogasawara Marine Center, there were 1,982 nests on Chichijima in 2013, the highest since the center started the ...

Zoos a haven for wild animals, keeper says

National Aug 22, 2013

Zoos a haven for wild animals, keeper says

by Hisashi Sasaki

Zoos play an increasingly important role in the preservation of wild animals, says Daisuke Kiryu, a keeper of reptiles at Yokohama's Nogeyama Zoo, which is known for successful artificial breeding of turtles designated as endangered species. "We succeeded in breeding the radiated tortoise and Indian ...